Grasslands cover less than 1% of British Columbia.

BC’s grasslands are as unique, varied, and beautiful as the province itself. In general, they occur where temperature, precipitation, and physical factors such as soils, south-facing aspect, or steep slopes combine to create conditions that are too dry for trees. Ninety percent of BC’s grasslands occur in the hot, dry valleys south of 52 degrees North latitude.

Where we work

These are the major grasslands areas of the province:

  • The middle Fraser River and lower Chilcotin Rivers from Alexis Creek south to Lytton
  • Thompson River basin from Lytton east to Chase and north almost to Barriere
  • Nicola River valley and adjacent plateau areas around Merritt
  • Okanagan basin from Spallumcheen south to the US border
  • Similkameen valley from Princeton south to the US border
  • Lower Kettle River valley around Grand Forks and Rock Creek
  • Southern Rocky Mountain trench from Radium south to the US border
  • Peace River lowlands around Fort St. John and Dawson Creek
  • Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
BC Grasslands - Photo by Studio Five
Grasslands Conservation Council of BC
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